This coming Easter long weekend marks the official end to the 2014/15 Surf Life Saving season.
Traditionally, volunteer weekend patrols begin at Labour Weekend in October and continue through to Easter for most areas of the North Island and parts of the Eastern Region. In other parts of the country, where the weather is cooler, patrols have already ended.
The following clubs will be patrolling for the entire long weekend from Good Friday through to Easter Monday:
Kare Kare SLSC
Mairangi Bay SLSC
Omaha Beach SLSC
Red Beach SLSC
Sunset Beach LS
United North Piha
Waipu Cove SLSC
Hot Water Beach
Since the season began at Labour weekend, surf lifeguards have spent over 208,000 hours patrolling New Zealand's beaches and have rescued 1,255 people nationwide.
Statistics for the full 2014/15 patrol season are being collated and will become available in late April.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand is constantly working towards lowering New Zealand's drowning rate and despite the official patrol season coming to end, lifeguards will continue to be part of callout squads and search and rescue squads in many areas. They will also spend the winter months training and upskilling so they are ready for when the new season rolls around again in October.
With lifeguards no longer having a presence on our beaches, SLSNZ urges people to take more responsibility for their own safety in and around the water.
For more water safety information, click here.
Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist,
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823